The Storrs Center to celebrate its success
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 02:09
After years of planning and building, the Storrs Center is finally celebrating its grand opening at the corner of Storrs Road and Dog Lane today, Friday September 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sunday September 22 from 12p.m. to 4p.m. It will be a weekend to enjoy Mansfield’s new downtown.
“The success of Storrs Center is a tremendous achievement on the part of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, the Town of Mansfield, the University of Connecticut, dedicated public partners and the many talented volunteers that have helped bring the vision of Storrs Center to life,” said Howard Kaufman, Managing Member of LeylandAlliance LLC, in a press release.
There will be plenty to do, including a ceremony to celebrate the grand opening followed by the ribbon cutting. Later that afternoon, the fun continues with live music in the street including The Conn-Men, an all male a cappella group at UConn. As evening falls, there will then be a “family fun night” in the Storrs Community Center.
“This is going to be a celebration of the first phase of [the] downtown being completed as well as the businesses,” said Cynthia van Zelm, Executive Director at Mansfield Downtown Partnership.
The grand opening is recognizing the businesses along Dog Lane, 1 Royce Circle including places like Webster Bank and FroyoWorld.
“FroyoWorld will be a part of the parade [on Saturday]. We have been advertising all of our flavors [this week] and offering deals. During the parade, we will also be having giveaways,” said Kevin Barbosa, Manager at FroyoWorld.
The grand opening is really a chance for new businesses to make their present known to the community.
“It feels really good to be a part of something bigger and having a community supporting [the business]. It is an honor and a privilege,” Barbosa said.
The grand opening is expected to draw a crowd.
“Well, not sure exactly how many people will attend but there were 100 at the ground breaking so hopefully people will be attending this as well,” Van Zelm said.
The event itself has been made possible by the partnerships of Mansfield Downtown Partnership, LeylandAlliance, and EdR. They will also be hosting the grand opening.
“Storrs Center has been a true collaborative effort with wonderful results – an exciting town square with busy retail establishments and upscale housing adjacent to one of America’s most prestigious universities,” said Tom Trubiana, EDR’s chief investment officer and executive vice president, in a press release.
The event has a lot much going from the Movie Night showing Grease to the Parade on Saturday. “I am pretty sure it will be a positive experience. People coming together to show their support [of the new downtown,]” Barbosa said.
After one year since the new businesses and apartment buildings opened, Storrs Center is now getting to showoff all the things that the new downtown has to offer. Especially for students, this is a great opportunity to get to know the town that surrounds UConn.